Ángel Martín Pompey Collection

(Montejo de la Sierra, 1902 - Madrid, 2001)

Date added: 2002

Contains: 1,031 original handwritten scores, press clippings and concert programmes.

Pompey was the recipient of a musical creation grant from the Foundation in 1974. The manuscript of his final report, titled "Variaciones sinfónicas sobre un tema original", is in the Library. In 2004 the Foundation published Catálogo de obras 1902-2001 a cargo del profesor Lope Nieto (PDF - 1 MB) (2004). Only in spanish, edited by Professor Lope Nieto.

Ángel Martín Pompey

Description of the archive

Identification details

Reference code: ES. 28006.BFJM/

Title/Name: Angel Martín Pompey Bequest

Dates: 1918-2001

Citation format: Angel Martín Pompey Bequest (Library of the Fundación Juan March. Madrid)

Description level: Collection


Archival history: Following the composer's death, his papers remained in the possession of his family. In 2002 his sister, Ms. Josefa Martín Pompey, made the donation.

Institutional history/biographical sketch: Angel Martín Pompey was born in Montejo de la Sierra, Madrid, on 1 October 1902. When he was six months old, the family moved to the neighbouring town of Bustarviejo, where the composer received his first musical impressions as a consequence of his father's activity as organist in the parish church. In 1918 he entered the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid, where in successive years he studied under Venancio Monge, Julio Francés and Conrado del Campo. He collaborated extensively with José Muñoz Román, producing numerous cuplés and other fashionable compositions, and performed in salon orchestras, which helped him pay for his education. He completed his composition studies in 1931 with the symphonic poem "Han venido los húngaros", earning a first-class diploma. This work brought him considerable success at its premiere. During the Civil War he continued to compose and took up a position as assistant to the Bartolomé Pérez Casas Chair of Harmony, a post he held until 1943. In 1941 he became a music teacher at the Nuestra Señora del Pilar school, where he stayed for the next forty years until his retirement. Over the following decades, apart from his teaching activity he also produced numerous compositions, mostly unperformed. In 1974 he received a musical creation grant from the Fundación Juan March for the composition of "Variaciones sinfónicas sobre un tema original". In 1990 the Community of Madrid awarded him a medal in recognition of his life's work, and 1998 his opera bufa "La Tarasca" was premiered, forty years after it was written. One year later he was awarded the National Music Prize. He died in Madrid on 11 September 2001.

Manner of acquisition: DONATION

Content and Structure

Scope and Content: The documents in this collection consist mostly of signed and published handwritten scores, personal papers, correspondence, newspaper articles and concert programmes.

Evaluation, selection, removal: Given their historical interest, all the documents are to be preserved permanently, in accordance with Law 16/1985 of 25 June on Spanish Historical Heritage.

Conditions Governing Access and Use

Conditions governing access: The documents are open to all.

Conditions governing reproduction: Reproduction is permitted for research and study purposes, subject to prior authorisation by the heirs.

Language/script(s) of the documents: The predominant language is Spanish.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements: Most of the documents are in good condition.

Notes and Control

Notes: The collection is digitized

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